I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
The Day After
The end of the familiar. The beginning of the end.
The film portrays a fictional nuclear war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full scale exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, focusing on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as several family farms situated next to nearby nuclear missile silos.
I was probably 10 when I saw this movie. It scared the shit out of me.
I've always had a worrying fascination with nuclear warfare.
I've done the whole "armchair general" thing and tried to imagine where all the likely targets would be in the event of war. I've drawn out an escape route from my house to a place further inland where I might escape the radiation. Sometimes I lie awake at night and imagine what the flash of white light would look like for the split second before I would be engulfed in flames. Any time I see a cloud that even vaguely resembles a mushroom, my adrenaline starts pumping.
So of course, you may well imagine just how much this movie fucked me up.
Being vague on the details of the lead-up to…
A very scary, powerful, depressing movie. It makes me wish for a quick painless death in the event of nuclear war when it comes. For a TV movie, this has the best special effects you can find. It must have been hard to create the illusion of nuclear war. The cast has many stars, and not just TV stars, film stars. It's hard to watch, but worth it.
A heartbreaking cautionary tale.
"You know what Einstein said about World War III? He said he didn't know how they were gonna fight World War III, but he knew how they would fight World War IV: With sticks and stones."- Joe Huxley.
I reckon this film would have been rather hard hitting in it's day as it still retains some power to awe today. A very bleak, but it would be i suppose, world is left behind after a nuclear war and this film depicts the horrors that await the survivors.
It is well done, esp for it's age, and stands up today to be a worthy watch but my only gripe is that it tries to educate as it goes, in a very…
Some choppy editing, but plays out well (to watch at least).
1 part hokey, 1 part terrifying. A weird combination, but it definitely gets the message across (the message being never ever ever mess with nuclear weapons and how powerless we are to our own destruction once its begun). Although still affecting, there's a lot of TV-level cliches and it's ironically too OPTIMISTIC about the actual effects.
What on earth would possess you, hiding from radiation and survivalists in the basement of your own home, to leave your dog on the other side of the door to starve, die of radiation or both? What reasoning did I miss? A whole basement of canned goods and you can't spare one a day for your dog? Even during a tornado in Twister, young Helen Hunt's family still brings the dog with them. Wouldn't you? Who do you know who would just leave their dog a push and a pull of a door away from dying a painful, lonely death?
Some outrageously bad acting, but the military scenes are excellent, and it manages to be grim and chilling.
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- A mort l'arbitre
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